Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Second Half of Poverty Power Couple
Set to Speak at JCU on November 8th

Last year, I told you about what Childrens Defense Fund founder Marian Wright Edelman had to say when she came to John Carroll to speak about the nation's epic prison population. Next month, her husband Peter Edelman, an equally powerful voice on the subject of poverty, will also be appearing on campus. He'll come armed with a new comprehensive plan to combat poverty in the U.S., assembled by the progressive new D.C.-based think tank, the Center for American Progress. Its founder is Bill Clinton's former chief of staff John Podesta, who's also currently an Edelman colleague, as a fellow law prof at Georgetown University (the capital is an incestuous place).

Mr. Edelman famously quit a top position in the Bill Clinton Administration to protest its sweeping changes in welfare policy. In a further bit of delicious irony, if there's ever a second Clinton Administration, Ms. Edelman will in an enviable position, since she is widely considered to be Hillary's only true female mentor. The respective husbands will just have to figure out how to deal with their no doubt still-tense relationship, while the wives focus on how to undo some of the collateral damage caused by '90s Clintonian welfare reform.


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